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School Children Get Education On Clean Sport In National Clean Sport Week

Nicole Sapstead, the chief executive of UK Anti-Doping, and double Paralympic gold medalist Graham Edmunds recently joined school children to highlight the importance of values-based education in protecting the spirit of sport, as part of National Clean Sport Week.

Graham and Nicole participated in a Get Set for the Spirit of Sport lesson at Park House School in Newbury. They joined Year 8 pupils from the Berkshire school in exploring fair play and the benefits of clean sport. The initiative is part of a free values-based education program for primary and secondary schools that has been developed by UK Anti-Doping in partnership with the British Paralympic Association and the British Olympic Association. Since its launch in 2015, the Get Set for the Spirit of Sport that is aimed at children aged 10-14 has been downloaded by 7,000 teachers across the country, reaching over 200,000 school children.

The chief executive of UK Anti-Doping remarked she had a fantastic day at Park House School. Sapstead also commented that it has been brilliant to talk to the children about their passion for clean sport and also added that sport is such a wonderful thing and has the power to really inspire and support the development of our young people. The UK Anti-Doping chief executive also said that we through the Get Set for the Spirit of Sport program are using the Olympic and Paralympic values to teach children how to make the right choices in sport and in life.

Sapstead also commented that prevention of doping through education is absolutely critical to protecting clean sport and also remarked that ensuring athletes at all levels of sport can make informed decisions throughout their careers is fundamental to a comprehensive anti-doping program. The UK Anti-Doping chief executive further remarked that we prioritize face-to-face education over e-learning for athletes and young people and said that our program is recognized around the world as a gold standard of prevention.

Double Paralympic gold medalist Graham Edmunds remarked programs like Get Set for the Spirit of Sport are really important, as teaching children about the Olympic and Paralympic values can form firm building blocks for the rest of their lives. Edmunds also commented that he loves sport and added it is fantastic to see the next generation learning about fair play as it will help them take part in sport in the right way.

Park House School Headmaster Derek Peaple said he is delighted that Nicole and Graham joined us. The Headmaster also remarked we have been running a number of activities this week as part of National Clean Sport Week, including a number of debates on doping in sport and added the children have really engaged with the activity. It was also commented by the Park House School Headmaster that the Get Set for the Spirit of Sport program is really important to our teaching and supports our ethos across the school as a school with strong values.

National Clean Sport Week runs from 10-17 July and highlights on what UK Anti-Doping, national governing bodies of sport, athletes, and partners are doing to protect clean sport.

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